Monday, January 07, 2008

Menu Monday

Several years ago, I had an epiphany. My husband and I like to go grocery shopping together... but oftentimes we didn't have A Plan.

As in, we'd go into the grocery store after working all day. (Mistake#1)

We'd shop when we were hungry, tired, or otherwise cranky. (Mistake #2)

We'd forget what we actually had in the pantry cupboards, and end up buying duplicate items. (Mistake #3)

We'd spend $75.00 and STILL have "nothing to eat" in the house. Yup. Mistake of all mistakes.

So, for the last 4-5 years or so.... I make a meal plan each week. I used to be a lot more anal about checking the sales, coupons, etc... which stores had what... planning my list to the exact item. And, although I could do that again... I don't necessarily want to, given the whole I have a toddler, and soon to be infant situation.

We go to Trader Joes, Costco, and Safeway most weeks. We spend quite a bit on groceries each week. I mean, yesterday, we spent about $160 between Trader Joes and Safeway. But, again, I was planning on making lasagna, and then we were having friends over, so we bought extra beer. :) Still, Travis and I have breakfast, lunch, and snacks at home every day during the week... and we eat at home most nights, except for the occasional lunch out - or the more frequent - pizza for dinner.

I really do enjoy cooking... as anyone who knows me can attest. My lasagna is renowned... and if not restrained, Jeff could probably eat 1/2 a pan in one sitting.... although not without facing severe consequences later.

My challenge is that right now, especially... I am really exhausted... so I want mostly no-fuss recipes, with lots of flavor... but that Travis will also eat.

So this week... here is my menu... we shop on Friday or Saturday most weeks, so this week my menu starts on Sunday:

Lasagna/Garlic bread/Salad

Herb Roasted chicken with garlic and lemon/ rice/ broccoli

Mexican with black beans, spanish rice, chips & salsa

Wednesday: Hammy Mac & Cheese/ Salad


Usually dinner out with my dad @ Chili's.

Out of town @ in-laws
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